woman

noun
wom·​an | \ ˈwu̇-mən How to pronounce woman (audio) , especially Southern ˈwō- How to pronounce woman (audio) or ˈwə- How to pronounce woman (audio) \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən How to pronounce women (audio) \

Definition of woman

1a : an adult female person
b : a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) usually used in combination councilwoman
2 : womankind
3 : distinctively feminine nature : womanliness
4 : a woman who is a servant or personal attendant
5a chiefly dialectal : wife
b : mistress
6 : a woman who is extremely fond of or devoted to something specified I'm a chocolate woman through and through, but one bite of West's banana pudding cupcake and I was sold.— Hattie Brown Garrow

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Other Words from woman

woman adjective
womanless \ ˈwu̇-​mən-​ləs How to pronounce womanless (audio) , especially Southern  ˈwō-​ or  ˈwə-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for woman

Synonyms

female, lady, skirt [slang]

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Examples of woman in a Sentence

She grew up to become a confident and beautiful woman. She is a grown woman. The store sells shoes for both men and women.
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Why have women have been living longer than men everywhere in the world since the mid-19th century? Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Why Women Live Longer Than Men," 29 Apr. 2019 Muslim women are some of the most diverse and dynamic people on the planet. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "What MuslimGirl's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Wants to See From the Beauty Industry in 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 Two and a half times as many women are on the list as men. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 At this point, Taylor Swift is a one-woman Glossier phone-background generator. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift's Cryptic Social Media Clues Have Reached a Breaking Point," 23 Apr. 2019 My mama @queenmerrie has 4 kids, is a cancer survivor, and a total gem of a woman! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Skylar Astin and Anna Camp Have Split After More Than Two Years of Marriage," 19 Apr. 2019 Monster-in-Law Monster-in-Law is a comedy featuring Jennifer Lopez as a woman who just got married. Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 Bestseller's brands like Vero Moda, positioned at young career women, and Jack & Jones, which attempts to reach a younger demographic through sponsoring an esports team, are common in Europe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Skyscraper in Rural Denmark Will Be Seen For Miles," 2 Apr. 2019 Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Times Demi Lovato's Epic Clap-Backs Left Us SHAKING," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of woman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for woman

Middle English, from Old English wīfman, from wīf woman, wife + man human being, man

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The first known use of woman was before the 12th century

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woman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of woman

: an adult female human being
: a woman who has a specified job or position
: all women thought of as a group

woman

noun
wom·​an | \ ˈwu̇-mən How to pronounce woman (audio) \
plural women\ ˈwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of woman

1 : an adult female person
2 : women considered as a group

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